The Grand Traverse is a real winner. It's a one-hour flight up Lake Tekapo across the Divide to the West Coast to see Fox, Franz Josef and Tasman glaciers, then around Mt. Cook and other peaks and across the valleys and rivers to home.
High winds, clouds and rain had prevented most flights for several months when we arrived. Fortunately, on the morning of the day we left, the heavens cleared.and the 9 am flight took off with me on-board. They even picked me up at my hotel in Lake Tekapo. Great pilot. I got to play co-pilot and shot a lot of great photos.
Ride was incredibly smooth with minimal turbulence. I highly recommend flying over and around mountains to add another incredible dimension to experiencing the Southern Alps .
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